As we countdown to the 101st Klassiker between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, the idea sprung to the minds of those at bundesliga.com to see how you could build the best possible team of players from both Bundesliga giants.
We don't want to just build this team, but we want you to be able to play it as well, and so our combined Klassiker XI is made using the best-rated players on EA Sports' FIFA 20 game. So, how makes the cut in the virtual world…
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (88)
Bayern and Germany's No.1 remains the Bundesliga's highest-rated goalkeeper on FIFA. Only four shot-stoppers on the game have a higher rating than 33-year-old Neuer, whose outstanding ratings across the board make him a must-have player. His 91 kicking provides you with the chance to pin your opponents back with counter-attacks, while his diving, handling and reflexes all stand at 87.
Right-back: Joshua Kimmich (86)
Not only is Kimmich the best right-back between Bayern and Dortmund, he's also the highest-rated player in his position in the entire game. The next best is Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal who is 85-rated, which is a testament to Kimmich's incredible talent. Ratings of 86 and 84 for passing and dribbling mean you'll have no problem playing out from the back with the Germany international in your team, as well as 79 defending and 78 physicality making him a force to be reckoned with when keeping goals out.
Watch: How Kimmich has become one of the world's best right-backs
Centre-back: Mats Hummels (87)
Hummels remains the Bundesliga's top-rated central defender on FIFA 20 and will play a key role in the real-life Klassiker on Matchday 11. The 30-year-old re-joined Dortmund this summer from Bayern after winning three Bundesliga titles in a row and now has his eyes set on returning the Meisterschale to black-and-yellow hands come May. He could do the same for you on FIFA 20.
Centre-back: Niklas Süle (85)
Sadly, Süle won't be on the pitch at the Allianz Arena on 9 November after being ruled out for the rest of the 2019/20 season with a cruciate ligament injury. The Germany international is one of the Bundesliga’s fastest improving players both in the real and virtual worlds, though, and will be vital in your team both now and in the future – should you get him in Career Mode - as his rating rises.
Left-back: David Alaba (85)
Bayern's left-back supreme is also one of the most enjoyable players to use in the gaming world. Consistent stats across the board allow him to be solid in whatever situation, which is certainly reflected from his on-field performances. Despite being behind Barcelona's Jordi Alba for the highest-rated left-back in the game, Alaba outperforms the Spaniard in several areas. The 27-year-old – who can also play in central midfield – has better ratings than Alba for shooting, defending and physicality.
Watch: Alaba brings more to your team than just expert defending!
Defensive midfielder: Axel Witsel (85)
Dortmund's Belgian brute in midfield is another of FIFA gamers' favourite players to use in the virtual world. It's hard to find a more dominant defensive midfielder on the game, with Witsel's four-star skills moves and four-star weak foot rating showing he is far more than just a ball winner. While Witsel's highest stat rating is only 83 for defending, his lowest is also just 73 for pace, making him Mr. Consistent in this team.
Defensive midfielder: Thiago (87)
Spanish international Thiago is a central midfielder on the game, and one of the very best. Only Luka Modric, Paul Pogba and former Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos have a higher rating on FIFA – and there are many reasons to use the Barcelona youth product. Five-star skills make him a joy to use if you know your tricks, while 85 passing and 90 dribbling make it almost impossible for Thiago to lose the ball. He's the perfect partner for Witsel in this and your FIFA team.
Right winger: Jadon Sancho (84)
While BVB's English teenager does have the same 84 overall rating as Serge Gnabry, we've played him ahead of his Bayern counterpart in our team after taking his potential rating into account. Should you go for Sancho on your Career Mode he will rise as high as 92 overall. A frightening prospect for everyone you come up against. And both Sancho and Gnabry are players you can be happy to use right away.
Watch: Sancho's Bundesliga Mixtape!
Attacking midfielder: Marco Reus (88)
Dortmund's captain fantastic will be key for them at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 11 and he will be equally as important for you in your FIFA team. One of the very best players to use on the game, Reus is as lethal as they come in his CAM position. With 85 pace, 88 shooting, 84 passing and 87 dribbling, the Germany international is a threat in every scenario, and his leadership trait means he can wear the armband for your team, too.
Left winger: Philippe Coutinho (86)
While Coutinho is a left-winger on FIFA 20, the Brazilian star can play just as well as CAM or even right-winger on the game. That versatility and his technical skill make him stand out among the rest both on the pitch and on the screen. Bayern's gameplan will surely run through his talents against Dortmund on Matchday 11, and you should do the same on FIFA with Coutinho's five-star skills, four-star weak foot, 90 dribbling and 84 passing making him the definition of a playmaker.
Striker: Robert Lewandowski (89)
Despite Paco Alcacer's fantastic record since coming to the Bundesliga, there is only one man for the job when it comes to leading the line of our combined Klassiker XI. Only one striker is rated higher than Lewandowski on FIFA 20, and his name is Cristiano Ronaldo. Bayern's No.9 is arguably the best striker in the world right now, though, and he is one of the most complete on the game with 87 shooting, 85 dribbling and 82 physicality making him an overall powerhouse.
Watch: The undefendable Robert Lewandowski!
Thomas Müller (86)
While positioned as a CAM on the FIFA 20 game, Müller – like in real life – can play almost anywhere in attack for you and your team. The 'Raumdeuter' (space interpreter) is a hard player to replicate in-game format as Müller's best qualities cannot be put into simple statistics and attributes, but he still holds a high 86 rating with fantastic attributes such as 92 positioning, 87 finishing and 91 reactions.
Roman Bürki (85)
Dortmund's No.1 has been in-form over the last year and was rewarded with an upgrade from FIFA 19 to FIFA 20, making him an 85 overall goalkeeper. The joint-second-highest rated shot-stopper in the Bundesliga – alongside RB Leipzig's Peter Gulacsi – is fantastic in-game at doing just that, saving shots. His 86 diving and 89 reflexes are two of the highest marks for any goalkeeper on the game.
Lucas Hernandez (84)
Bayern's French World Cup-winning centre-back/left-back has one of the highest potential ratings among Bayern and Dortmund players, with only Sancho and Süle higher than the defender. His current rating of 84 isn't bad, either, and Hernandez is regarded as one of the best centre-backs on FIFA 20 thanks to his rating of 81 for pace – an unusually high stat for a defender.
Julian Brandt (84)
The future is bright for 23-year-old Brandt, but the Dortmund attacking midfielder is also proving himself to be a real talent in the here and now. His 84 rating is a reflection of his impressive performances with Bayer Leverkusen last season, and with a potential rating on FIFA 20 of 88, it’s clear that he has to be in your Career Mode plans if you want Bundesliga stars for the future.
Kingsley Coman (84)
Replacing Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery was also going to be difficult, but in Gnabry and Coman, Bayern have found two of world’s footballs most talented wingers for now and the future. The Frenchman's slight edge over Gnabry in terms of potential rating – 88 to 87 – gives him the spot on the substitutes bench here, and Coman is already the highest-rated left midfielder in the Bundesliga, alongside teammate Ivan Perisic.